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Wonderful trail! Have seen bighorn sheep many times. Hot this time of year; drink water!
Horses are not allowed.

The Palms at the end of the canyon are such a beautiful surprise. I recommend taking the alternate route back. It provided a bit more variety and elevation change. Plus it was less crowded. (Though no shade). Kids loved this hike.

We did this hike Saturday afternoon. We were lucky that the weather was beautiful - not too hot! There were six of us (3 adults, 3 kids in good shape (9-11 years old). There were areas to get a break from the sun from boulder shadows. I would not recommend if you have difficulty getting around as some areas require a little boulder scrambling. We caught two catci in bloom and a few other desert plants but not that much in bloom. The oasis was great and we stopped and had a picnic snack. Tip: park at the camper area - free with paid admission. Parking at the visitor's center will add 3 miles RT to your hike in the sun.

A very fun and scenic hike. The wife and kids loved it. Enjoyed climbing over rocks, crossing streams and the oasis is breathtaking. Didn’t see any sheep but we made it to end by 8am. We where the only ones on trail then but did get crowded by 9am. I can’t wait to go back and hopefully witness the big horns.

We did this hike years ago & loved it...went again yesterday with friends visiting from Vancouver...great hike & we were lucky to get to see some big horn sheep grazing by the streams edge. Weather was perfect! Disappointed that the Oasis pool is now barricaded off from getting in the water but still an enjoyable experience :)

This is a wonderful hike, especially if you are looking for that Oasis out in the desert spot to enjoy! We hiked it in February and the weather was perfect! Starts in sand, rock and cactus and ends with palms, shade and water! We found it a very enjoyable hike!

Very nice hike. Not one to speed through. Take the time to just stop & view the varied scenery & vistas. Alternative trail down is rocky & has enough uphill to make it interesting.

hiking
2 months ago

Big Horn Sheep family
What a treat!

hiking
2 months ago

Love this little hike, I’ve done it a few times now. This last visit the bighorn rams were literally on the trail. It was great!

hiking
2 months ago

Although this hike is short and fairly easy, the landscape is stunning. The weather was perfect this afternoon, sunny and warm with a comfortable breeze. Water was also flowing in the creek. Unfortunately, I didn’t see any sheep, but I also didn’t go in the morning. I felt a huge sense of peace on this hike and would definitely recommend it. Just don’t go at peak times! I heard this hike gets very busy. Pros: Ample parking, clean bathrooms. Cons included a $10 entry fee (seemed steep to me), and human feces toward the end of the trail. It was so gross.

Loved the water

This was an awesome hike! Not to much and a beautiful scenery! Unfortunately we didn't see any big horn, maybe next time though

This was an awesome hike! Not to much and a beautiful scenery! Unfortunately we didn't see any big horn, maybe next time though

This was an awesome hike! Not to much and a beautiful scenery! Unfortunately we didn't see any big horn, maybe next time though

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike, no difficulty whatsoever. Very tame compared to just about every other Anza trail, both in terms of difficulty and structural layout. National park quality maintenance, highly impressed, impossible to go off route. On the hike back there is an option to take an alternate route. Do not take this as it leads up the canyon, there is no scenery there. If you want to view sheep, best come early during morning hours. Good hike, strong running water and stunning visuals. The palm grove is the best Anza has to offer as far as green sanctuaries are concerned.

walking
2 months ago

I did this trail two weeks ago and very disappointed.
As many trails in this State Park, there is not enough indication..We all always loosing the trail, and then people trying to get on the trail, are creating too many trails that we are always lost..A very weak point of this State Park

I really enjoyed this hike. Saw four large bighorn rams munching away, and many females and juveniles up on the hill. I think moderate is a fair description, as there are some sections you need to do a bit of climbing, but the giant palm groves are well worth it. I'll come back again.

Nice short hike. Beautiful oasis and lots of rocks to climb.

Great trail for beginners or with small kids. It’s about a 3 mile round trip with an alternate route back which is great. A bit crowded during the weekend when the weather is nice and cool.

It’s easy, and most of the time the goats come close to the trails. Don’t drink the water, the rangers have said that is definitely not clean!

mountain biking
3 months ago

Camped in Little Blair valley on the east side of the trail. Several primitive campsites encircle the valley, which gets filled with wildflowers in the spring. Biked the entire route with a buddy; great ride, strenuous at times and some soft sandy sections, but great scenery. Hiked up the indian trail at the southeast end of the loop the next day, its about 3 miles in and back from the trailhead. There are several morteros and Native American petroglyphs on the large rocks in the valley. Heading back it started to rain pretty good, be careful getting out, there are some muddy bits of track on the Big Blair (west loop) side of the range.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a wonderful cultural site. Easy to access and intriguing to visit and explore. Especially with kids. Don’t miss this one or nearby pictographs and box canyon.

Busy trail. The palm oasis almost seems strange and is a stark contrast to the desert canyon in which it sits. The path beyond the oasis is barricaded off within the palm grove, but there are alternative routes to continue beyond the palms. Beyond the palms it is a scramble with no defined path to the upper pools.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike to oasis.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail- I suggest packing a bit extra water and keep going up into the canyon- amazing pools of water and more interesting rocks

hiking
3 months ago

Nice but heavily trafficked hike. If you get lucky, you'll see the sheep (but not guaranteed). Bring plenty of water, hat, and sunscreen -- the trail is mostly exposed. I don't recommend the alternate trail. $10 to park -- and please don't complain about it. Those fees are the reason this place gets maintained and remains open to the public.

hiking
3 months ago

I had done this once before and seen not a glimpse of the famously hidden big horn sheep. But this time, with expectations low, we'd barely left the car when, not more than 80 or so yards off the trailhead, there he was, not up in the jagged cliffs, but down below moseying around in the wash. Quite a sight given their rarity. Aside from the sheep the trail remains way up the list for iconic California Desert hikes. The oasis is just that; an actual oasis, something one might find in a movie about an exotic locale in another part of the world. Maybe King Kong will be spotted parting some of the big palm trees to investigate our presence. Lots of rock scrambling and not for summer months. Beware the "alternative route"; no signage and trail can be tough to follow.

When I visited the "Well" in a so far dry winter (less than 1" precipitation), I was quite amazed by the intensity of greenery here. There is year round water here, which is visible in the density of Honey Mesquite and Catclaw.

hiking
4 months ago

it's quite lovely !!!!!!!

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